WINNIPEG, May 27 /CNW/ - All in West! Capital Corporation (the
"Corporation") (TSX-V: ALW) announced its intention to raise additional funds
from its shareholders ("Shareholders") pursuant to a proposed rights offering
of senior convertible debentures (the "Proposed Rights Offering"), subject to
receipt of all regulatory approvals.
As a result of various factors, including a dramatic downturn in natural
gas prices, the negative consequences of a new royalty tax regime applicable
to natural gas drilling operations in Alberta, a general reduction in tourism
in Alberta, and the recent general economic downturn, the occupancy levels at
the Corporation's hotels, and the revenues of the Corporation, have been
significantly impacted. While the Corporation was only slightly cash flow
negative for the three-month period ended March 31, 2009, the Corporation has
been significantly cash flow negative since March 31, 2009. As a result, the
Corporation determined that it was appropriate to include a "going concern"
note in its interim financial statements for the three-month period ended
March 31, 2009.
Management and the board of directors of the Corporation have identified
an immediate and urgent need to raise additional funds and have determined
that it is in the best interests of the Corporation to conduct the Proposed
The Proposed Rights Offering is subject to the approval of the TSXV and
applicable securities regulatory authorities. While the Corporation believes
that the terms and conditions of the Proposed Rights Offering will be as set
forth in the summary below, such terms and conditions are subject to change.
There can be no assurance that the Proposed Rights Offering will be approved
by the TSXV and applicable securities regulatory authorities on the terms and
conditions described herein or at all. The definitive terms of the Proposed
Rights Offering will be set forth in the applicable offering document to be
delivered to shareholders. The Corporation will disseminate a news release
disclosing the terms and conditions of the Proposed Rights Offering once such
terms and conditions are settled.
The Corporation will propose to carry out the Proposed Rights Offering on
the following terms and conditions:
Number of Rights to be Granted
One right will be granted to shareholders on the basis of one right for
each issued and outstanding common share. There are 17,266,881 common shares
issued and outstanding on the date hereof.
Securities Entitled to be Purchased
Every one hundred (100) rights will entitle the holder thereof to
purchase senior convertible debentures ("Senior Convertible Debentures") in
the aggregate principal amount of $15.00.
The Senior Convertible Debentures will be a direct obligation of the
Corporation, will bear interest at a rate of 8% per annum (or such other
interest rate as may be required and approved by the TSXV and/or applicable
securities regulatory authorities) and will rank senior to the Corporation's
outstanding Series A convertible debentures and Series B convertible
debentures. The Senior Convertible Debentures will be convertible into Shares
at a price of $0.05 per Share (or such higher amount as may be required by the
TSXV and applicable securities regulatory authorities).
Rights Offering Record Date
The record date for the Proposed Rights Offering will be determined
following the approval of the Proposed Rights Offering by the TSXV and
applicable securities regulatory authorities. There can be no assurance that
the TSXV and applicable securities regulatory authorities will approve the
Proposed Rights Offering on the terms and conditions set forth herein or at
Expiry of Exercise Period
Shareholder will be given a period of not less than 21 calendar days to
exercise their rights. The exercise period will be set forth in the offering
Shareholders will be provided with a basic subscription privilege which
will entitle them to subscribe for Senior Convertible Debentures on a pro rata
basis based upon the number and percentage of Shares owned by them on the
Rights Offering Record Date. Shareholders will be provided with an additional
subscription privilege which will entitle them to subscribe for additional
Senior Convertible Debentures in the event that less than all of the
Shareholders exercise their rights.
Maximum Number of Senior Convertible Debentures to be Issued
Based upon the number of Shares outstanding on the date hereof, the
maximum principal amount of Senior Convertible Debentures which may be
purchased pursuant to the exercise of rights will be $2,590,050.
To the knowledge of the Corporation, on the date hereof, the persons who
beneficially own, directly or indirectly, or exercise control or direction
over the largest number of Shares are: (i) First Nations Financial Services
Inc. ("FNFS"); (ii) Allan McLeod, the Chief Executive Officer of FNFS and a
director of the Corporation; (iii) Cornelius Martens and his associates; and
(iv) Armin Martens and his associates. TSXV policies generally require that
listed issuers obtain the approval of shareholders with respect to a person
who becomes, or may become, a "control person" of the listed issuer. A control
person is a person or group of persons who owns more than 10% of all
outstanding shares. At its upcoming annual and special meeting of Shareholders
to be held on June 19, 2009, the Corporation will seek: (i) disinterested
Shareholder approval of each of FNFS and the FNFS Officer as a control person
of the Corporation in the event that FNFS acquires beneficial ownership of, or
the FNFS Officer acquires control or direction over, a sufficient number of
securities of the Corporation to become a control person(s) of the
Corporation; and (ii) disinterested Shareholder approval of either or both of:
(i) Cornelius Martens, President and Chief Executive Officer of the
Corporation, and his associates; and (ii) Armin Martens, a director of the
Corporation, and his associates, as a control persons of the Corporation in
the event that they become control persons of the Corporation.
Use of Proceeds
The Corporation intends to use the proceeds of the Proposed Rights
Offering for working capital and to allow the Corporation to meet all of its
ongoing obligations and commitments with respect to the properties. If
sufficient proceeds are raised, the Corporation may use a portion of the funds
to convert the Black Bear Inn hotel property into a franchised hotel property.
During the fourth quarter of 2008, the Canadian economy fell into a
recession along with most of the world. The financial markets declined
severely and the prospect of growth for the economy in 2009 is considered very
slim. The Bank of Canada has forecast that the Canadian economy will rebound
in the fourth quarter of 2009. However, much uncertainty remains. The four
hotels in the Corporation's portfolio are located in Northwestern Alberta.
Their performance is heavily influenced by the local economic activity,
specifically the exploration and drilling for commodities, primarily natural
gas. However, this economic activity is linked to demand for such commodities,
which has weakened dramatically as a result of the current global recession.
As a result, it is anticipated that the Corporation will continue to
experience lower occupancies and revenues throughout 2009. In the short term,
this year's "Spring Breakup" (a term used by participants in the oil and gas
industry to describe the period of time when the terrain is no longer frozen
but not yet dry and when road bans are in place, making it difficult for crews
to work) is expected to be particularly weak. However, a rebound is expected
during the summer tourism season. A global economic rebound is expected by
both the Bank of Canada and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and
Development (OECD) for 2010. On March 3rd, 2009, the Alberta government
announced an incentive program to stimulate its energy sector. These lend to
optimism that in the medium and long tem horizons, demand for natural gas and
the corresponding demand for lodging will return to previously experienced
The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed or approved the contents of
this press release and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or
accuracy of its contents.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. All statements
other than statements of historical fact contained herein are forward-looking
statements, including, without limitation, statements regarding future
financial position, business strategy and plans and objectives of or involving
the Corporation. Prospective investors can identify many of these statements
by looking for words such as "believe", "expects", "will", "intends",
"projects", "anticipates", "estimates", "continues" or similar words or the
negative thereof. There can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or
expectations upon which these forward-looking statements are based will occur.
Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and
assumptions. Although management of the Corporation believes that the
expectations represented in such forward-looking statements are reasonable,
there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct.
Some of the factors and risks which could affect future results and could
cause results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking
statements contained herein include the impact of general economic conditions,
industry conditions, interest rate fluctuations, tax-related risk factors,
governmental regulation, environmental risks, competition from other industry
participants, stock market volatility, the ability to access sufficient
capital from internal and external sources and the risk of fluctuation and
variation in actual operating results, which variation may be material. The
forward-looking statements contained herein are expressly qualified in their
entirety by this cautionary statement. The forward-looking statements included
herein are made as of the date of hereof and the Corporation does not
undertakes any obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements
to reflect new information, subsequent events or otherwise, except as
expressly required by applicable securities laws.
For further information:
For further information: Mr. Cornelius Martens, President and Chief
Executive Officer; or Cornelius William Martens, Investor Relations, Tel: